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Elisa von Joeden-Forgey

Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Keene State College; Co-founder of Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention
 

Elisa von Joeden-Forgey is the Endowed Chair in Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Before this, she was the Dr. Marsha Raticoff Grossman Associate Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Stockton University in New Jersey, where she also directed the master’s program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies and founded the world’s first academic, graduate-level Genocide Prevention Certificate Program. She is former President of Genocide Watch, former First Vice President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars, and founder of the Lemkin Institute for Genocide Prevention, which brings genocide prevention training to the global grassroots. She received her MA and PhD inMore

Zohrab Mnatsakanyan

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
 

Since May 12, 2018, Zohrab Mnatsakanyan serves as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia.
In 1990, he graduated from the Department of International Economic Relations of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. In 1991, he received a Master of Arts degree in Western European Politics from the Department of Politics, Economic and Social Studies of the Victoria University of Manchester.
He has been working in various positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Armenia since 1991, including as the Head of European Department (1998-1999) and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs (2011-2014).
In 1993-1997 he served as second, then first secretary at the Embassies of the Republic of Armenia in the United Kingdom and Holy See. More

Ararat Mirzoyan

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia
 

Since August 19, 2021, H.E. Ararat Mirzoyan is the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Armenia.

In 2000, he graduated from the Faculty of History of the Yerevan State University with Bachelor’s Degree. In 2002, he received a Master’s Degree. In 2004 he graduated from the State Management Academy of the Republic of Armenia receiving a specialization in Public Administration and Local self-government. He holds a PhD in History from the Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia.More

Adama Dieng

UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
 

Adama Dieng, a Senegalese jurist, was appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on 1 September 2012.  More

Alice Wairimu Nderitu
UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
 

Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya is the Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide. Ms. Nderitu is a recognized voice in the field of peacebuilding and violence prevention, having led as mediator and senior adviser in reconciliation processes.  She served as Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya, as well as Founding Member and co-Chair of the Uwiano Platform for Peace, a prevention agency linking early warning to early response.  She was also one of the founders of Community Voices for Peace and Pluralism, a network of African women professionals preventing, transforming and solving violent, ethnic, racial and religious conflicts More

Henry Theriault
UN Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide
 

Henry Theriault is the President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Worcester State University, after 19 years in its Philosophy Department. Theriault’s research focuses on reparations, victim-perpetrator relations, denial, atrocity prevention, and mass violence against women and girls. He has lectured around the world and published numerous journal articles and book chapters, edited two books, and coauthored with Samuel Totten The UN Genocide Convention:  A Primer (forthcoming, University of Toronto Press).  He is founding co-editor of the Genocide Studies International journal, and from 2007 to 2012 he was co-editor of the journal Genocide Studies and Prevention.  Since 2007 he has chaired the Armenian Genocide Reparations Study Group and is co-author More

Melanie O’Brien
President of the International Association of Genocide
Scholars (IAGS); Associate Professor of International Law
 

Dr Melanie O’Brien is Associate Professor of International Law at the University of Western Australia, an award-winning teacher of International Humanitarian Law, Public International Law and Legal Research. Professor O’Brien is President of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS) and a member of the Australian Red Cross International Humanitarian Law Committee.

Professor O’Brien’s research examines the connection between human rights and the genocide process; and sexual and gender-based crimes against women in atrocities.More

Fernand de Varennes
UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues
 
Dr Fernand de Varennes is Extraordinary Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria (South Africa), Visiting Professor at the National University of Ireland-Galway, Cheng Yu Tung Visiting Professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Hong Kong (China) and holds the mandate of United Nations Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues. He is renown as one of the world’s leading experts on the international human rights of minorities, has focused particularly on issues surrounding languages, and has worked and written in areas of international law such as the prevention of ethnic conflicts, the rights of migrants, the relationship between ethnicity, human rights and democracies, as well as the use of federalism and other forms of autonomy. Dr de Varennes’ research and publications record spans more than 200 publications in  More
Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi
Chair of the Global Action Against Mass
Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC)
 

Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi is the Chair of GAAMAC. She is a former Judge and President of the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is currently the President of the Assembly of State Parties of the ICC and President of the Latin American Society of International Law. She has extensive diplomatic experience and expertise in international humanitarian and human rights law. Among other functions, she has been Special Representative of Argentina to the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), Director General for Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina and legal adviser at the Permanent Mission of Argentina to the United Nations in New York.More

Mô Bleeker
Chair of the Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes – Platform for Prevention — GAAMAC
 
Mô Bleeker chairs the Global Alliance Against Mass Atrocity Crimes- prevention platform since its creation in 2013. She acts as the Special Envoy for Dealing with the Past and Prevention of Atrocities of Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA where she has been working in different positions since 2003. Mrs. Bleeker has accompanied complex political processes of transition in numerous and different contexts and continents (Central America, Colombia, the Balkans, South-, Southeast-and Central Asia as well as in several different regions of Africa). Currently, she also serves in Colombia as Special Envoy for the Peace Process between ELN and the Colombian Government and the implementation of the Peace Agreement between the FARC and the Government. She  also acted as Chair of the Transitional justice and Reconciliation Commission- TJRC of More
Fabián Salvioli
UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth,
Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-recurrence
 

Fabián Salvioli (Argentina) is a human rights lawyer and professor. He has lectured in many countries and universities across the Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia. Mr. Salvioli has authored several books and articles on international human rights law. He was member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee between 2009 and 2016, and its President between 2015 and 2016. Mr. Salvioli served twice as member and three times as president of Ad-Hoc Arbitration Courts on Monetary Reparations, within the Friendly Settlement Mechanism of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. In May 2018, he was appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence.

Kyriakos Kyriakou-Hadjiyianni
Rapporteur of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions of the Parliamentary Assembly of OSCE
 
Dr Kyriakos Kyriakou-Hadjiyianni was elected Rapporteur of the General Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions at the 2016 Annual Session in Tbilisi and re-elected at the 2017 Annual Session in Minsk and at the 2018 Annual Session in Berlin. As a Rapporteur he has authored the Report and Resolution of the Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions for the years 2017/2018, while previously he authored a Resolution on “Missing Persons in connection with Armed Conflicts” (2015).
He has been a Member of the House of Representatives of Cyprus since 2006, where he serves as the Chairman of the House Standing Committee on Educational Affairs and Culture.  He is also a Member of the Committee on Refugees-Enclaved-Missing-Adversely Affected Persons. More
Angelos Syrigos
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
 

Evangelos (Angelos) Syrigos is an Associate Professor of International Law and Foreign Policy at the Department of International and European Studies at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Athens. He was born in 1966 in Athens. He is a graduate of the Law Schools of the National University of Athens and of the University of Bristol, England, where in 1994 he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in the field of Public International Law. He has served as Secretary General of Population and Social Cohesion of the Greek Ministry of Interior (August 2012 and May 2015) and Secretary for Intercultural Education and Greek Studies Abroad of the Greek Ministry of National Education and Religious Affairs (2007-2009). On July 7, 2019 he was elected as a Member of the Hellenic Parliament.  He was swornMore

Verene Albertha Shepherd
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
 

Verene A. Shepherd, is a Social Historian, Chair of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination on Racial Discrimination, Director of the Centre for Reparation Research and the immediate past University Director of the Institute for Gender & Development Studies at The University of the West Indies. She spent 5 years as a member of the UN’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, 2 as Chair. A published author, she has written several books, among them, Lucille Mathurin Mair(2020), Introduction to Reparation for Secondary Schools (2021), Appleton Estate: From the Dickinson Family to the Campari Group: A Short History(2022), I want to Disturb my Neighbour: Lectures on Slavery,More

Dunja Mijatović
Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights
 
Dunja Mijatović was elected Commissioner for Human Rights on 25 January 2018 by the Parliamentary Assembly and took up her position on 1 April 2018. She is the fourth Commissioner, succeeding Nils Muižnieks (2012-2018), Thomas Hammarberg (2006-2012) and Alvaro Gil-Robles (1999-2006).
National of Bosnia and Herzegovina, she has been working to promote and protect human rights for the past two decades, thus acquiring extensive knowledge in the field of international monitoring, in particular as regards freedom of expression.
Prior to her appointment as Commissioner for Human Rights, she has served as OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media (2010-2017), Director of Broadcast of the Communications Regulatory Agency of More